Tag: Issue 6-29-2013

  • From the Editor

    George Orwell famously quipped, “Journalism is printing what somebody else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.” When most of us read that, we think of muckrakers uncovering bribes, criminality and corruption. Images of Woodward and Bernstein meeting with Deep Throat in dim alleyways spring instantly to mind. This is especially true after […]

  • Careful, Somebody May Hear You

    The other day I was going through my regular routine, watching and reading the news, when I came across an interesting little story about Red Robin, a fast-food establishment that had recent-ly pulled an ad of theirs from television and their website almost before it had time to sink in. Their latest commercial talked about […]

  • LGBTQ Youth Hit Hard By Homelessness

    There are an estimated 6,000 high school students in Massachusetts who are currently homeless, according to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Thousands more are believed to be homeless and are not counted in DESE estimates because they have dropped out of school. Of those homeless youth, a disproportionate number—upwards of 40 […]

  • Spare Change News Vendors Share Their Stories at the Cambridge River Fest

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The River Festival is a wonderfully diverse group of people who gather each year in Cambridgeport, which is the perfect meeting place for the crossing of cultures. Besides the long rows of tents filled with a variety of ethnic food, music, clothing, games, arts and crafts, the most important part of the River Fest […]

  • Just Crust Brings Worker Management to Harvard Square

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The crowd was out the door of The Just Crust this Saturday during its grand opening. Cambridge residents and their friends gathered to try free pizza and celebrate the worker-owned restaurant replacing a branch of Upper Crust Pizza – a small chain plagued by corruption, wage theft and other labor violations. Senator Elizabeth Warren […]

  • New Report on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

    BOSTON, Mass.—The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth released its inaugural report at the end of April. The research in the report is setup to expand within the next few years, going deeper into underlying issues of homelessness that do not typically receive government or media attention. The commission states that their […]

  • Getting Sober in Savin Hill

    DORCHESTER, Mass.—At 26, Peter Barbuto found himself in a Cape Cod rehab facility bat-tling an addiction to opiates. He was despondent until the day he met Dan Ryan. “He was affirming, very much so,” Barbuto said of Ryan. “Which was great because when you’re down in the dumps and a guy like that comes around; […]

  • Risky Business: Turning to Sex for Survival

    When Travis turned his first trick, he still had an apartment in Roslindale and a job as a retail clerk. He was doing “well enough” financially until January 2010, when his shifts were cut to just five hours per week. His housemate helped him pay his rent for as long as she could. He looked […]

  • Pride Highlights Issue on Homeless Youth

    This year, Pride meant a lot more than outrageous costumes, late night clubbing and activist signs. The Supreme Court decisions on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have been pushed back to Monday as much of the nation awaits to hear the final ruling by the high court. The latter an initiative […]

  • Homelessness Representation in Pride Week

    Boston Pride Week has grown massively over its forty-year history. What was once a few marchers and ralliers is now a massive celebration that brings people, organizations, churches, local businesses and, for better or worse, large corporations around the rainbow flag. In fact, the 2013 parade saw a record, setting 230 groups march. While Mass. […]